Take me home…

Well, there are lots and lots of things that move and inspire me, but being in the country is a BIG one. Brought up on a healthy (or unhealthy as some of my peers have opined) dose of John Denver (in the 70s he was ALL about the mountains and rivers, sunshine and eagles) I still love him and listen to him when I am driving through the country. I find I have to get out into the country as often as possible to breathe the good air and stare into the gorgeousness. I always take my sketchbook with me and although I don’t necessarily draw what I see, just being in those beautiful places really does clear my head and I find I am able to think and create new designs. I often take photos, but of course they don’t do the landscape justice, because the space and the smells and sounds are missing. Sometimes I take my acrylic paints and canvases out there (and some good coffee), the ladies and a rug and spend a few hours painting mountains, paddocks and sky. Bliss.

Near Neerim South, Victoria

Near Neerim South, Victoria

Camping with the hairy ladies at Warburton in the Upper Yarra Valley

Camping with the hairy ladies at Warburton in the Upper Yarra Valley

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Mulgrave Makers’ Market

As well as my teaching (it’s report-writing season here in Melbourne) I’m getting ready for another Mulgrave Makers’ Market this Sunday the 23rd June. One of the great things about this market is that in the winter months we Makers get to be indoors. The market is run in conjunction with a great Farmers’ Market and is housed at the Body Shop headquarters on the corner of Jackson Rd and Wellington Rd, Mulgrave from 8-1pm. It’s got a great atmosphere and this month there are about 35 Makers. Here are a few examples of my wares.

The Bloomsbury Christmas Stocking

The Bloomsbury Christmas Stocking

Two of my digital prints working together

Two of my digital prints working together

My digital prints cut into fat quarters for crafters

My digital prints cut into fat quarters for crafters

Linen backed, linen/cotton zip purses

Linen backed, linen/cotton zip purses

day one

This is day one of my blog which I hope will inspire you to create. I’ll include things which inspire me, my own textiles work and some free tutorials. Oh, and copious photos of my dogs, who are always very helpful in the workroom…